Institutional repositories, or IRs, are considered a valuable tool that enable academic libraries to take resources that were once hidden away, either in the stacks or behind paywalls, and make them available to a global audience. But how effective are they at achieving this goal? To answer this question, we will take a big-picture (quantitative) and small-picture (qualitative) look at the content in Aquila, the University of Southern Mississippi's IR, as it marks its tenth anniversary this year. We will also discuss some lessons learned from the repository’s first decade and the value of IR content beyond the academic community.
Cromwell, Josh, "Content Unlocked: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from an Institutional Repository's First Decade" (2022). University Libraries Workshops and Presentations. 24.